Agreement reached for emergency room staffing


submitted by Jenny Read

The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) and Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) are working together to provide patients across the region with the high-quality care they need. TOH and its Emergency Physician group will begin working with the KDH Emergency Department to coordinate and help support emergency services in Kemptville throughout this summer, ensuring that the community will continue to have access to emergency care. 

“Our hospitals have worked together for many years, collaborating on ways to improve access to care for patients throughout our region,” said Cameron Love, President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital. “This partnership is another step in that approach, as we look at more ways to ensure patients receive the care they need.”

Patients in the region will not notice any difference in the care provided at KDH’s Emergency Department. They should continue to go there if they need emergency medical care. 

TOH and KDH previously created an innovative partnership in orthopedic surgery in 2017, which saw surgeons from both hospitals perform joint replacement procedures in KDH’s state-of-the-art operating facilities. This helped to reduce wait times for patients throughout the region, and allowed many patients to receive care closer to home. 

“Like a number of other hospitals across the country, KDH has been dealing with the possibility of some reduction in our emergency services due to the shortage of physicians working in rural emergency departments. That is why we are so thankful to be able to collaborate with partners like The Ottawa Hospital,” said Frank Vassallo, CEO of Kemptville District Hospital. “Partnerships like this ensure that all patients will continue to receive high-quality, timely and consistent care, no matter where they are.”

Together, TOH and KDH are planning to implement an integrated service delivery model for the Emergency Department in the coming months. This model will ensure that patients accessing the KDH Emergency Department will have seamless and consistent care for the future. 



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